Le Woody Brune
Pizza Port Solana Beach

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4.42 | pDev: 7.01%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Le Woody BruneLe Woody Brune
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BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Consumed 3-26-11 during my first epic Philly tasting. Graciously opened by Dan (NittanyBeerFan) - thanks!

L - Deep bronze, olden rimmed with a frothy auburn sand head. Nice!

S - A bit light but very nice. Blond base with an overlay strawberry, strawberry vinegar, gentle funk, touch of sulfury oxidation that doesn't take away at all. Fruit tones down the funk. General tropical fruit (papaya, guava).

T - Much like the nose with gentle acetic and lactic backing up the fruit even more. The lactic presides over the strawberry, smooth strawberry vinegar, blueberry skin tannins. The oak is soft, lending a clean spice in the mid-palate and finish. Faint butter lends a helping hand to smooth the strawberry and tropical fruit over the surface of my mouth as I swallow. Superbly subtle and nuanced, restrained, refined, and gentle. Score goes up because of the restraint and subtlety.

M - Fine, soft carbonation that absolutely impresses. Silk smooth, soft, and just beautiful - as I swallow the liquid simply evaporates off my tongue.

O - Lovely. The mouthfeel and balance of mascerated fruit, soft vinegar, lactic acid, and gently spiced oak made me finish my glass sooner than I wished (glad I've had a chance to enjoy this again since the time of this original notes review).

Jun 30, 2013
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joel66 from New York

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Mike(grumpyoldtroll) for opening this dinosaur whale. Never thought i would have an opportunity to try this one.

A- dark purple with orange tint, almost copper like. Beige head that dissipated quickly.

N- over ripe sweet cherry, wooden barrel, brett and citrus rhind

T- Cherry and dark fruit. For such an old bottle,the fruitness is certainly not lacking. Citrus tartness on the finish with a slight vinegar note.

M- Nice carbonation with a clean smooth finish

O- Dark sours arent typically my favorite style, but this bottle blew me away. No oxidation, clean smooth and refreshing. Amazing how well it lasted

Apr 25, 2013
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largadeer from California

4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy cherry red with a tall off white head that retains nicely.

Smell: Awesome tart cherry pie aroma. Lactic sourness, spicy phenols, ripe black cherry. Such a phenomenal cherry aroma after all these years, I'm amazed by how vibrant this is.

Palate: Tastes downright awesome, reminiscent of earlier batches of Red Poppy but clearly better. Bright black cherry goodness, skin and flesh, mildly sweet with a delicious dark malt undercurrent. Medium in body, moderate sourness. Very gentle and easy to drink. Fantastic stuff, hands down one of the best American sours I've tried.

Oct 20, 2011
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billshmeinke from California

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. HUGE thanks to Chris Q for sharing.

Le Woody Brune
Murky brown/amber color, hardly any head. Ring of off white head. 4
Cherry, lactic sourness, oak. Pretty basic, but nice. 4
Cherry, intense lactic sourness, earthy funk, fairly intense acidic sourness. Just intense all around, but layered, and complex. Some wine and oak. 4.5
Medium bodied, well carbonated, sour, but not puckering. Stinging acidity, but not too much. 4
Pretty awesome. 4.5

Sep 16, 2011
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treyrab from California

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan (Nittanybeerfan) for graciously bringing this to our last Philly tasting. Had on March 26, 2011. Dan carefully poured this to the tune of Blondie's "Call Me" in the background. He was jamming to the song and simultaneously poured the beer. It was quite a site. Have been wanting to try this for a while now, so I was anxious to try.

A: Bottle pops with a nice hiss and ghostly smoke streams out. Pours a strawberry brune with mahogany hues and a nice, rather spritzy, eggshell white head. Perfect look for a brune, really. Classic red wine vinegar color, with the head receding very quickly.

S: The first thing that hits me is strawberries. Then blueberries. Then raspberries. Really, this is just berry loaded in general. Tart berries, and well blended with a scent of red-wine vinegar, vanilla form the barrel, and some lemon rinds. Vinegar creeps in to complement the cherry character. Very nice.

T: The berry aspects in the nose are not as evident in the smell. However, the cherry and vinegar notes really shine. Moreover, a nice brown sugar and molasses character come into play. Perhaps even some chocolate. The tartness of the cherry, funky of the red wine vinegar, and complexity of the chocolate is very nice.

Overall, this was a damn solid beer. A very nice brune and very complex for the style.

Apr 03, 2011
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NittanyBeerFan from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moejuck (thebaldwizard on RB) for this. Received in a Christmas-time trade, kept upright and in the cellar until March 26th, 2011 when it was brought out as the 7th beer of the tasting. Split 4 ways with treyrab, dyan, and bucketboy. No gushing, but happy this was allowed to settle, as there was, indeed, a ton of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Burgundy in color, there is very ample carbonation. Fizzy and fine, it produces a full one-finger cap of head. There is fair retention, but for the most part, this pretty much dissipates leaving a ring around the glass and no lacing.

There is a light acetic character that greets me in the aroma, surprising, as that will usually take over a beer pretty quickly once it gets going. There are mainly aromas of lactic citrusy sourness and a balanced funk. There are some very strong and compelling berry fruity characteristics - strawberries, raspberries, and others. Also, there is a touch of vanilla. On the palate, the acetic sourness goes to the back, as the lactic and funky components shine and balance each other out. The fruity flavors come through with some fruit skin tannins that complement the berry flavors beautifully. There is a spicy oakiness in the middle, again complementing the fruit well.

Silky and light on the palate, the carbonation is so light that it makes the beer almost evaporate off my tongue. Very good overall, this is a great American sour if you can track it down.

Apr 01, 2011
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craytonic from District of Columbia

4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ruby-brown pour with spritzy carbonation. These have aged very well but should be stood upright for a few weeks before opening; there will be about an inch of sediment in the bottom. We did a continuous pour using a lambic basket into four glasses and dumped the dregs in a fifth glass; that last glass was quite nasty. Many thanks to hophead84 for that advice and for helping identify the bottle.

Smell: Oak, sour cherries, balsamic vinegar; faint brown sugar

Taste: This reminded me of la folie on steroids; it is very much a flanders red/Oud Bruin (though better than any from Europe). It is very intense, sour cherries and oak followed by balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar and perhaps brown sugar and honey. There are some wine notes to it as well. Stellar example of the style, not to be missed. Nice light funk, nothing painful.



Feb 20, 2011
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mothman from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beige head. Color is a rustic amber bronze.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, spice, brown sugar, and a barnyard funk. Reminds me of my grandparent's farm.

Taste: Mid cherries, vanilla, brown sugar and spice. Some funk and sourness. Oaky. Kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel: Sour, dry, and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice brune. Has some nice flavors. Nothing mind-blowing, but definitely something I would love to have more of. Good drinkability as well.

Feb 01, 2011
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brokensail from California

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this one. I've had this a couple times before, but never got to take notes on it. Finally had a good pour to do so with.

A: The bottle is excessively carbonated which required some bleeding and of the pressure by loosening the cap slowly. But eventually, we have a pour that is a brownish/amber color with a large off-white head.

S: Immediately you get the sour cherry aromas along with plenty of oak. There is a nice sweet malt character underneath, very reminiscent of an Oud Bruin/Flanders Red. Quite musty with a lot of wine, too.

T: Plenty of sour cherry and cherry pie flavor going on here. There's a lot of tartness as well, partially from a vinegar component. Not as much sweetness as on the nose and a bit more toward the dry side.

M: The body is medium with a very high/lively carbonation.

D: One of the better American sour beers I've ever had and it has held up amazingly well over the last several years.

Jan 14, 2011
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Overlord from California

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours an orange amber. 1-2 inches of white, big bubbling foam.

Smells like metallic vinous/vinegar-y notes, and ... malted cherries.

Taste is surprisingly sweet. A definite sweet/sour cherry backing with a bunch of vinegar and grapeskins n' tannins. Is this an oude brune? What immediately came to mind is Cuvee de Tomme on steroids. A bit of wood/oak backing.

Good mouthfeel. Could use more carbonation.

Jan 11, 2011
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RB's Footbalm brought this to a tasting a while back... Wanted to get these notes in before I begin reviewing the ruckus from over the weekend. Thanks a ton Eric... This was a top-tier brew and one that I know I NEVER would have had a chance to try without your generosity.

Pours a cloudy brown with a lite tan head.... nice lacing and retention... If this as more "clear", it would have easily been a 4.

Nose is pretty amazing mash-up of bretty tart cherry with some minor acetic notes pushing ahead... more lactic elements show as the bottle opens and really warms up. Fantastic... with warmth... wood shows and so does something that I can only describe as cinnamon.

Flavor is better (but not enough for a 5) .... bright full round cherry combines with a fairly pronounced a vinegar quality ... it is never a "burning" vinegar bomb, it just adds alot to the complexities.. lactic notes are more muted than expected, but still very present ... fruity tannins with warmth .... brett woolen socks... Good carbonation, but not overly done...

This was way better than my above notes show.... Huge applause to Footbalm for such an amazing brew.


Nov 02, 2010
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mdfb79 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, thanks Brad.

a - Pours an amber color with no carbonation or head.

s - Smells of tart cherries, sour fruit, oak, spice, wine, and citrus.

t - Tastes of tart fruit, orange, citrus, oak, wine, and pepper.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - Again, another very good sour. I think the oak and wine was mroe prominent here than in the Le Woddy we had side by side, but both were very good and I'd love to try them again.

Sep 18, 2010
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HopHead84 from California

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Received a bottle in a trade with kingkong and I opened it for Mike's second annual pre Toronado Anniversay Beer Tasting. This bottle was shockingly good. It was bursting with fruit (raspberry) and was a great drinking experience. I'm upping the score in mouthfeel and smell +.5.


Bottle shared by javib458, thanks! This was a long time want. The bottle opens with a gush and continues gushing through several glasses, but the glassware was on hand and not a drop was wasted. The beer is ruddy reddish brown with a big beige head.

The aroma is of tart dark cherries with a moderate lactic quality and a healthy dose of acetic acid. Brett contributes a wet leather character, and oak is evident.

The flavor is lightly tart dark and a touch of sweetness with big lactic notes, a low acetic character, and oak. Brett is musty. The finish is booze macerated dark cherries. The beer has an upper moderate level of carbonation, creating a spritzy moutfeel, and it's medium bodied.

Excellent stuff and I'm glad I was finally able to try it.

Jul 20, 2010
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My contribution to our Pre-Night of the Living Ales tasting. 750ml bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip. Not even sure what this year is, 2005 or 2006, I think. It's old and rare, that's all I know.

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a light pinkish-colored head. After the initial fizz, it dies down to a few bubbles here and there.

S - Sour cherries, oak, cabernet. Pretty straight forward here and not overly complex, but what's there is pretty damn good.

T - Very similar to the nose. Not as funky as I expected before opening this one, but it's a pleasant kind of sour/tart that differs from a lot of wild ales that I've drank recently.

M - Light, crisp, clean. Very champagne-esk with a dry finish.

D - I could easily drink the entire bottle, I really liked this one. It kind of reminded me of Red Poppy, but not quite as funky. I have one bottle left that probably won't get opened for quite some time.

Mar 08, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for this one - never thought I'd try it! Served in a champagne flute.

A - Pours with a voluminous tan foam that eventual dissipates to a thinnish cap and ring and leaves a few spots of lace. Murky drab brown color. Looks like an Oud Bruin.

S - Red wine, oaky vanillin, sour cherries, grape skins, a bit of nuttiness and caramel, and a touch of salty flavor that verges on garlic. Reminds me a little of Vagabond, but far more acetic.

T - Acetic acid, some lactic sourness, light caramel and vanilla, sour cherries and green apple tartness that persists into the aftertaste. Very similar to the smell - not a ton to add.

M - Carbonation is a little harsh, but otherwise it's very dry with plenty of cottonmouth and candy feel. Body is also a little thin, but since I have no idea what the ABV is it's hard to pick on this element.

D - It's a really nice Flanders-style sour, but I'm not convinced I could pick it out of a blind tasting with Oerbier Reserva, Rosso, Earthmonk, and Haandbakk. Worth trying, but I wouldn't kill myself to get another bottle. That being said, I had a couple pours and could have had more.

Mar 06, 2010
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the same tasting as dyan and Huhzubendah so I have to thank Brad as well. You are awesome and I'll get you back, if possible, for that tasting.

Beer is brown and has large bubbles that don't really form a head although they do form a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer is very completely hazy. Carbonation is low.

Aroma is a healthy and surprising mixture of sweet and sour (not of the take-out Chinese food variety). There is a definitely almost malt / alcohol sweetness followed by a strong acetic sourness.

There is a hint of slight alcohol in the mouth as well, but there is a lot of funk in this beer. Carbonation is throughout the palate which is really nice. There is no aftertaste, there is also a slight spice to this beer that is surprising, also a bite. You can taste the wood for sure, its probably the source of the funk as well. Overall an easy drinking good beer.

Feb 02, 2010
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes Dyan, Brad is Santa. All of the best beers I review start with a thanks to Brad. The list is getting longer...Ahem - Thanks, Brad!

A: Murky brown, what little head there is fades rapidly

S: lemons, funky, oak, vanilla

T: Sharp acidity, biting, tannins, this beer lets you know what's up. A complex beast of a beer. All this being said, the flavor is intriguing and tasty.

M: wine-like in some regards, a bit coarse

D: a special brew,I'm so fortunate to have tried it. I'd love to have it again. Splitting a bottle several ways was the way to go.

Notes: This beer gets a 5 in the "Sound" category, as it fizzed and popped for several minutes after pouring.

Jan 29, 2010
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brad is like Santa, he really brings the good stuff to tastings. He helped knock off a LONG TIME want of mine. Cheers, man!

Hazy ruby red with a thin white head that recedes to nothing rather quick. Decent.

The nose is quite fantastic, rich and complex. Brown sugar, vanilla, vinegar, oak. Very complex. Cherry skins, ripe berries and a buttery Chardonnay character that reminds me of Depuration, this beer is mildly funky.

The palate opens beautifully tart with some acetic acid, strawberries, cherries, brown sugar and vanilla. The acidity brings to mind a fruit-forward strawberry vinaigrette. A little oak is present in the back, the funk character is quite low. Tannins are low, and this definitely shows some vinous character.

A touch overcarbonated, this beer is medium-light in body with a long-lasting delicate finish with a blend of sugar, vinegar and a clean lactic sourness. Pretty insanely drinkable, this!

**Edit 26 March 2011**

First beer of the second day of debauchery, thanks for sharing this, Dan!
Better retention and appearance than last time. The nose is fruit with cherries, strawberries and a mild spiciness. The palate's grown a lot sourer with a bright, fruity tartness. Tannins and a sharp acetic note are present. The tannins are more fruit skin like, rather than an oak-based tannin. Carbonation is fine, making this light and airy. The mid-palate has some oak spiciness. Not as much brown sugar as before, this is a little more acetic and strangely, less lactic.

Jan 24, 2010
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis.

***Gusher warning - at least Eric did a great job of catching most of it before it erupted all over my bar!***

Poured a deep and cloudy reddish / amber color with a small sized off white head. Lots of small floaters. Aromas of cherries, vinous, light wood, yeast, berries and a light funkiness. Tastes of cherries and wood. Cherry pie all the way. Semi-tart finish. Lively and fizzy body that I didn't particularly care for.

Notes from 10/20/06

Nov 15, 2008
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illidurit from California

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to cquiroga for sharing this 05 bottle at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy orangish brown color with ample white head coating the glass. Sour acetic nose, black cherries. Flavor is sharp acetic acid that melts into a tart cherry note. Plenty of woodiness too. Another great Pizza Port sour.

Aug 07, 2008
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t0rin0 from California

4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another contender for my favorite beer ever, right next to Bourbon Barrel Angels Share, Lost Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve, and Drakes Barrel Aged Barleywine.

It pours a murky brown color without a whole lot of sediment at the bottom. Its pretty much what should be for a wood aged sour beer. The head is offwhite and sticks around. Small amounts of lacing.

The smell is of wood, sour cherries, brett, and malt. I would guess that this is fermented entirely with brett and no regular yeast.

The taste is malty for sure but also extremely sour. Almost on the level of some of the guezes I've tried. Some sour apple is present as well. And the murky/chunkiness of the beer doesnt dstract from the wonderful flavor.

Body is medium/light and very well carbonated. Wonderfully drinkable. Hope they make this again sometime.

Apr 25, 2008
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CharlesDarwin from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. Poured at Port Brewing Company. Clean aroma of dripping wet Rainer cherries over a bright, crisp acidity, shining in the noonday sun. Pour of heavily florid light mahogany, tawny with orange edges and rim of whitish. Flavor is an amazing amalgamation of tartness, wild woodiness and the sweet sugary skins of fresh cherries and their respective pits. I wish that I could have spent more time with this beer, but as a special treat presented by Tomme at the tasting bar, it was not possible. What I did gather from the beer was an incredible refined quality that held up there even with Alexander. However, I though that at times the acetic acid showed through a little heavy and washed things away, leaving me pining for the incredible cherry flavors that it dished up front. However, this is not to undermine the fact that this beer carries everything that it should as a Flemish Sour. Fantastic!

Dec 19, 2006
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Confirmed with xlperro that this was probably brewed at Solana but I'm entering under this location in case they decide to release it in bottles again...
Thanks to egajdzis for opening this.
Appears a hazy, orange toned brown with a small, off-white head that fades into a mild collar.
Smell is oaky, with sour cherries, wild yeast, doughy bread, and light caramel.
Taste is an acidic, sweet, vinous version of the mentioned aromas with the cherry flavor, wild tartness, and sweet caramel coming into full swing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, acidic, sour, and settling on the middle of the tongue before dying out into semi-dryness.

Oct 23, 2006
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a medium amber, cloudy body, a frothy head and splashy lacing

Smell: Farmhouse nose with a bit of seafoam

Taste: Sour green apple flavor and a tart finish with woody notes

Mouthfeel: Fizzy with a light/medium body

Drinkability: OK, but a bit strange on the nose

Apr 08, 2006
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francisweizen from Alaska

4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must have sucked down a liter of this at the last EBF whilst chatting with Tomme Arthur. Man is this stuff good. A light head of tan foam sits atop a ruby red/brown liquid. Aromas are all funky wild yeast, vinegar, lactic acid, brett, horseblanket, farmhouse cider, raisins, cherries, and maybe honey? The taste is an explosion of sour funk with a lovely sweet/sour/spicy cinnamon filled dry apple pie finish. Mouthfeel is spitzy and light, and enamel stripping! Drinkability is perfect! Man probably one of the top three oud bruin/flemish reds I have EVER had! A total winner, and benchmark of the wild ale style! I can't wait until 750's of this are (more) widely available! The best of EBF 2006, imho! Cheers to Tomme and everyone at Port Brewing!

Apr 07, 2006
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